Okay, for the first couple of CCs, I just gave you the friendly types. Cinna's cool and admirable, Stefan has a bit of the dreamy, but really I just want him as a friend. Well, no more. Today I give you who I believe to be my first (among many) literary crush: Gilbert Blythe.
If you just said 'Who?' then hold out your hand so that I may first slap it, and then turn it over and place a copy of Anne of Green Gables into it. Gilbert Blythe is Anne Shirley's brainy, somewhat arrogant arch-nemesis turned love of her life.
Now, whether you watched Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert tug on Anne's (Megan Follows) hair and call her "Carrots!" in the brilliant mini-series, or you read along as "Gilbert Blythe was trying to make Anne Shirley look at him and failing utterly....she should look at him, that redhaired Shirley girl with the pointed chin and the big eyes that weren't like the eyes of any other girl in Avonlea school..." I think you'll agree with me that, from that moment on, Gil had our hearts. It was maybe not the most auspicious of beginnings, but to be fair, he did later pass her some heart candies to make up for it.
There's just something about Gilbert. He's smart and challenges Anne, but he doesn't overdo it. He's patient, but he's not a martyr and won't be walked all over. He has great, stomach-fluttering lines that you have to reread a few times to get the full swoon.
I have read Anne more times than nearly any other book (1 exception), and though I love Anne and Marilla and Diana Barry, I looove Gilbert. Sometimes on my rereads, I do a Gilbert Only version where I skip around to my favorite Gil scenes (#1 = Gil and Anne in the rowboat, just after the Lady of Shallot incident. Also my favorite scene in the movie). I wait on tenterhooks for him to pull through his sickness every. time. I know he's going to live, and still I worry for him.
There were many reasons I wanted to be Anne, but I think Gil tops the list.
(I mean, I was able to love him in spite of the fact that his name is Gilbert. That says it all. ;p)